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The Truth Imperial IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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The Truth Imperial IPAThe Truth Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

231 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 231
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Titans77 on 08-03-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

eschuler, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JDeming, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of topofthehops
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, Flying Dog has been more about clever marketing than making truly exceptional beer. So it's ironic that the label of the first great beer this brewery has produced says, "Full Disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share."

Well, I sure am glad they filled that gap. The Truth is everything I love in a craft brew, which mainly means hops, hops, and more hops. I first enjoyed a bottle about three months ago at a bar in Ellicott City. Many sixers later, I'm still impressed every time I take a sip. Wait a minute, who am I kidding? I don't "sip" ... I gulp.

Oh, and if you happen to find yourself enjoying an Orioles game at Camden Yards, make sure you visit the Free State Pub, which pours The Truth on draught.

topofthehops, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Aubs723, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

oskinker, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Randy59, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

brheuer, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

MrBoh, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BakaGaijin, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kevvoe, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jjboesen, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Brdlist, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jbaker67, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a brewery that brought us Snake Dog and Raging Bitch (both of which I like, to be clear), this is a quite surprisingly soft approach of hops—especially considering its designation as an Imperial IPA–but the humulus bouquet really shines, and couples with a grainy-sweet air that presents a subtle but inviting nose. Indeed, this ale is altogether and throughout a *very* well-balanced–even restrained–which is, again, somewhat unexpected given both the producer and the style.

The Truth pours a beautiful golden hue, accentuated by light in the bulb of a snifter, and presents a smooth, gentle sweetness from the malt bill; following is a clean bitterness that washes and punctuates, never approaching even a hint of exorbitance or never in danger of becoming cloying.

I think—aside from "surprising," which is more a context-based reaction–the word I'd used to describe this Imperial IPA is "subdued." It's refreshing—a higher-proof IPA not at all out of season on a warm June day–and, while perhaps not especially innovative, inventive, or even (in some sense) interesting, it's an extremely technically-proficient IIPA. If it's not the truth, it's a least the wheelhouse.

OrestesMethuon, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ptat, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

vfgccp, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Ronw, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Austin_Cohen, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HuntDaddy540, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

uturn, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JPDOG, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

NHhomebrewguy, May 16, 2014
The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.